Veveonah Mosibin, 18, a foundation student from University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) recently stayed on top of a tree for 24 hours to get better Internet connection to sit for her online exams. She documented her experience on top of the tree and uploaded the video to her YouTube channel on Jun 13.
She is from Kampung Sapatalang, Pitas, Sabah has been posting videos since a month ago during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to share about her life in rural Sabah.
In the beginning of the video, Veveonah explained that she did not intend to sit for her online examinations on top of a tree.She had already built a hut on top of a hill near her village for the best Internet connection in preparation for her online exams.
However, the hut collapsed probably due to strong winds and heavy rain over the past few days. She said she do not have time to check out the hut lately because she is busy helping her parents in the farm, as well as rubber tapping.
“I can’t believe it fell down. I already built it as sturdy as I could,” she said.
With only two hours left before her exam started, shet decided to set up a camp on top of the tree in order to get steady internet connection to complete her papers.
She armed herself with phone, powerbank, rice and water, mosquito netting, stationery, and a scientific calculator. Luckily, she managed to sit in her Chemistry exam on time.
While waiting to sit for her Pengajian Malaysia exam after she ate rice she packed from home. Veveonah suddenly realised that an uninvited guest (a giant hornet) had made its way into her camp.
“Hornets are very dangerous you know. If you get stung, it hurts real bad,” she freaked out and quickly going out of the mosquito netting. Luckily, she managed to get the hornet out without getting stung.
At night, she had to sleep really early as she had no other sources of light other than her handphone, of which she did not want to waste battery power.
“In our village, it gets dark really fast and we don’t have electricity. So we usually sleep around 7pm to save on using candles,” she shared.
She hardly sleep well because it’s cold and the loud noises from the animals and insects in the forest. After spending a night on top of the tree, she tidied up and returned home on the next morning.
Check out her video:
Beside this video, she is also sharing some other videos in her youtube channel that highlight her village life, showing skills such as how she starts a fire using only firewood, open coconuts using her bare hands, and even how she made an underground well on her own.
I think Veveonah’s resilience is surely something we all need to learn from. Best of luck in your exam, Veveonah!